To recover from a disappointing loss to Stanford, No. 13 USC relied on an old friend, rushing for 296 yards in a 27-9 victory over California.
While it's easy to be gloomy, things aren't all bad for USC, as an opponent it's beaten eight straight times, Cal, is next on the schedule.
Cal might not be the most formidable opponent, but USC's performance on Thursday should not be dismissed.
USC rides the performance of the lines, coaching adjustments to decisive victory over Cal.
California might have thought that USC and its leaky defense was a good homecoming opponent, but the Trojans defense proved otherwise.
A handful of USC players, led by senior captain Christian Tupou, head back to their native NorCal to face the Golden Bears.